West Seattle splits as Legion tourney opens

By Tim Clinton

West Seattle got out of the gates quickly at the AA South District American Legion baseball tournament, only to have them slam back in its face to put its season on the ropes.

The Westsiders, who entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed, opened with a game against No. 5 seeded Bellevue on Thursday afternoon and put them away by an impressive 10-3 score.

But it was a different story when they advanced to play No. 1 seeded Eastlake that evening as they took an 11-1 loss in the action at Woodinville High School.

West Seattle advanced to play Juanita in a loser's bracket opener Friday afternoon, and needed to win that game, a second that night and the loser's bracket final at 3:30 p.m. Saturday to reach championship play.

The Westsiders would then need to win at 6 p.m. Saturday and then take the if-necessary championship at 1 p.m. Sunday to take the South District title and go on to state action in Walla Walla.

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